Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Make It Monday #186: Partial Die Stamping #2

While I had the stencil and texture pastes out, I went ahead and did 4 more, using Tim Holtz texture paste, and some Holographic embossing powder on top of that. For the Partially Stamped die cut, I used a small pine bough, from Bells and Boughs. I stamped the boughs in Simply Chartreuse ink on Spring Moss paper before diecutting. The sparkle of the embossing powder (heat embossed after the paste had dried) shows up really well in real life, and does not rub off! Bonus, for when these are mailed :) For these cards, I mounted them all on a Simply Chartreuse card base, and rounded one corner.

I hope you can see some of the sparkle here...

And a close up of the die cut, partially stamped with the pine bough.

And here are the 4, together. Thanks for looking!

Make It Monday #186: Partial Die Stamping

It was Laurie's turn to challenge us, at Papertrey Ink. Her challenge can be found here. I was looking for a way to put a sentiment on my Christmas cards, and thought this would be fun. I used Wet Paint Holidays to die cut out the sentiments from Spring Moss card stock, which had first been stamped with the small snowflake from Winter Hills, with Simply Chartruese ink. The remainder of the sentiments were heat embossed with white embossing powder. A strip of Simply Chartreuse paper up the side adds some interest, and some balance of colours. The Pure Poppy card fronts are all  mounted on to some Stamper's Select white card bases.

I used some iridescent texture paste, and a Tim Holtz stencil to create the focal image, so that I could mass produce a few cards. Here's a close up of the wonderful iridescence!

Thanks for looking, and your comments make my day!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

October 2014 Blog Hop


Well, I only have one Christmas card that qualifies for this month's PTI blog hop challenge, so here it is. I used most of the above colours, with the exception of the bright green (New Leaf) and Blueberry Sky. I'm just not a fan of bright green, and gravitate towards the yellow greens, and just didn't want to add in any more blues. Anyhow, I used Soft Stone to make stripes for the background, and silver glitter paper for the Fancy Flakes snowflake. The sentiment and die are from Wonderful Words: Holiday, and some Wink of Stella adds some glitz to the diecut. the sentiment is heat embossed with Liquid Platinum embossing powder.
Thanks for looking!

And just for fun, I am throwing in these two other cards, since I had need to make a birthday card  as well as a sympathy card. They fit the colour scheme above, but aren't Christmas related. The butterflies are from WPlus9, and both cards are a CASE of ones that Dawn W. has made. The sentiments are from PTI's Keep it Simple series. I do love watercolouring!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Make It Monday #185: Faux Stained Glass

Well, I tried... Several times. And this is where my adventure with stamping on acetate will probably end. I messed up with Stayzon ink, and another hybrid ink didn't work, so I ended up stamping with a black pigment ink, then embossing with clear. So it looks gray. I coloured with Copics, made it into a shaker card, using many layers of cardstock (I should have taken a photo of what was left of the skinny frame, using adhesive sheet...)  My hat is off to those of you who have produced such wonderful "Faux Stained Glass"!  Betsy--you made this look so easy!!!!

Stamp sets: "Stained Glass" and "Silent Night". Gold "Delicata" ink for the background swirls. I used some Prisma glitter inside the shaker portion, as well as some star sequins.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Make It Monday #184: Gold Dipped Die-cuts

Over at Papertrey Ink this week, Danielle has a wonderful challenge, which is to emboss diecuts to look like they've been dipped in gold. I immediately thought of my PTI set, "Year of Flowers - Poinsettia". I have definitely gotten my money's worth from this set! I still love it (although a new, multi-step poinsettia stamp set is about to be released, and I think I must have it, too!!)

I added some depth to the flowers with Copic markers, gold embossed the "Merry", and used my Wet Paint Holiday die for "Christmas". I layered it with 3 white die cuts underneath, to give it a raised look. I cut out a panel to add some patterened paper underneath, added some Silhouette gold foil paper to the edges, then attached a few green pearls to finish it off.

All stamps, dies and paper are PTI, with the exception of the textured green paper for the sentiment, which was in my stash. Thanks for looking!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Simon Says... Use Watercolors

I was glad to see this week's challenge from Simon Says Stamp, seen here, as I've really been enjoying watercolouring, lately. It does take a lot of time, however, so I can't do ALL my cards this way. So many cards to make, so little time!

This one uses a bird stamp from Hero Arts, which I watercoloured, while the sentiment is from Clearly Besotted. The feather stamps/dies are PTI.

 This PTI poinsettia was watercoloured with deep roses and greens to resemble the pink poinsettias you can buy. The sentiment is also PTI.

 I used some new stamps for this card, from Art Impressions, along with some Distress Markers. The sentiment is from PTI.

This lilac stamp is from PTI, as is the sentiment and the patterned paper.

I had to try out my WPlus9 butterfly with my watercolour paints, using Dawn W's video as a guide. It was fun, and I actually made 4 different cards, using the same colour scheme (which I love!), but different sentiments, which are from PTI.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Make it Monday #183:Dry Embossing over Heat Embossing

Dawn McVey, over at Papertrey Ink, demonstrated a technique that adds lots of texture to one-layer cards. And since I mail most of my cards, I wanted to play along. I actually used two layers this time, as I wanted to add some twine. I used metallic embossing powders (gold and copper) as well as a Zing green for all the leaves (Leaf Prints). I used Basket of Blessings for the sentiment, and then dry embossed, using a PTI Impression plate. (I can't remember the name, and I can't find it on their website, either! Sorry! But it's a plate with a lot of little leaves, which I thought went with the leaf theme.) ETAdd: The impression plate is "Vineyard", by PTI. Thanks, Nancy!
All stamps are PTI, as is the cardstock. Thanks for looking!